About the Artist
I am a self taught fiber and collage artist currently living in Rutland, Vermont. I grew up in Connecticut and I have been crafting my entire life. My earliest memory of crafting was making a pom pom Caterpillar with a felt scarf to hang on the Christmas tree when I was 3 years old. When I was a junior in high school I started doing craft shows, selling my beaded jewelry, painted boxes and ornaments and continued this hobby into early adulthood.
About the Collage
I started making torn paper collage in 2003, after seeing a series of mixed media and collage that my cousin, who is an artist, created. I was fascinated by the beautiful papers she used in her pieces and began researching collage. I discovered “Chigirie-e”, which is a Japanese technique of torn paper collage that uses washi (rice paper) and rice glue to create beautiful scenes. I began emulating this style using up unryu (mulberry tissue paper from Thailand) and other handmade papers that I had collected when making our wedding invitations. Since then, I have shown my work in special exhibitions, art festivals and juried art shows throughout the Northeast. I sell my original works both framed and unframed, as well as limited edition prints and printed notecards.
I began felting in 2008 after stumbling upon a tutorial for felted flowers online. Since then I have created numerous accessories using both wet felting and needle felting techniques.
Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. Wool fibers have scales which when rubbed against each other catch and lock into place to create this denser material called felt. Felting needles are used to entangle the fibers. As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into place. Needle felting is used to create sculptures, such as my felted pincushions.
Wet felting is when warm soapy water is applied to layers of wool fibers. Repeated agitation and compression causes the fibers to hook together into a single piece of fabric. After the wet felting process is complete, the felted material is finished by fulling. Fulling refers to the use of heat, moisture and extreme agitation to make a wool fabric shrink and therefore become stronger and warmer. Wet felting is a technique i use in my felted jewelry, flowers and vessels.
Nuno felting is wet felting that has been done on top of a loosely woven fabric (such as silk chiffon). The fibers migrate through and bond to the fabric as the piece is felted and then fulled. This creates a single unique warm and lightweight textile. This technique is used in my nuno felted scarves.